Tate to bring wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to bat­tling Steel­cats

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

LANI Tate is de­ter­mined to use the suc­cess that runs through her fam­ily’s veins to turn the Steel­cats into con­tenders.

The wife of Cow­boys NRL star Brent Tate is part of a new coach­ing set-up that Mag­netic North will un­leash at home for the first time in the Holden Cruze Cup against Bris­bane South tonight.

Tate will as­sist coach Deb­o­rah Ruka in stalk­ing the side­lines in what is be­ing pre­dicted as the club’s break­through sea­son.

Orig­i­nally signed as a player be­fore fall­ing preg­nant, Tate, who comes with a wealth of state league ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and rep­re­sented Queens­land, is hop­ing to ex­tend her magic touch as a men­tor.

‘‘ It’s a shame not to be able to play with the girls but it’s still great to have a role with them,’’ she said. ‘‘ I hope to bring a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge that I may have. It’s very dif­fer­ent styles of coach­ing in Bris­bane ( to here) and it’s nice to be able to bring some things to the girls that they haven’t done be­fore.

‘‘ And hope­fully a win­ning attitude, be­cause the girls haven’t had a win for a while and we’re hop­ing to turn that around.’’

The Steel­cats made a solid start in round one, los­ing by just seven goals to de­fend­ing champs Cougars be­fore last week’s bye.

But if the gutsy de­feat proved any­thing, Tate said it was that there was still work to be done.

De­spite hav­ing the round two bye, the 30-yearold said the play­ers had any­thing but re­laxed ahead of the Bris­bane South show­down.

‘‘ We re­ally should have won that game against Cougars but the thing that let the play­ers down was the fit­ness,’’ Tate said.

‘‘ They worked hard ( dur­ing the week off) . . . if they pick up in that area then I think the girls are in with a real shot this week­end.’’

The game at NPA Sta­dium starts at 7pm. • Catch Lani Tate’s Women in League story in to­day’s Cow­boys Game Day liftout.

LANI and Brent Tate with their son Ky­den at the Steel­cats train­ing session

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